Today I decided to write about a topic that is heartbreaking to me…I now know a handful of people who have been hurt by so-called “Christians,” people who go to church and proclaim the name of Jesus, but have actually driven people away from God and the church. Why does this continue to happen, other than a self-righteous attitude? It is not fair to title oneself as a Christian but treat people unfairly, without showing true love, because this is not Who Jesus truly is. True Christianity is not rules and regulations. The Christian walk means loving others the way Christ would. WWJD: what would Jesus do? This needs to become the true motto for Christianity today because there is far too much judgement coming from the Christian seat. Serving God and loving God is about having a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that entails extending His love and mercy to others who do not yet know the Savior. We win no one to Christ by enforcing “rules” and pretending Christians are above others. We are all human and no one is free of making mistakes. (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24)
We must have morals, integrity, and character based on God’s standards which is His Word, not the world’s standards; we must live by His Word. The Bible was not created to be a book of rules that make our life miserable. No one has a right to be a judge and condemn another human being. True Christianity is to love others by lifting up and helping others when we fall into the traps of sin. It means we come to a place where we can agree to disagree, not hate. It means we are big enough to handle someone’s sin, and love them through it. We don’t have to agree with what someone does, but we do need to love them with God’s love extended. We are here to love God and love others, and if Christians aren’t being a good example or witness of Who God really is then how do unbelievers truly know Who Jesus is?
Jesus didn’t come to judge people as soon as they mess up. He came to save the sick (Mark 2:17) and teach how to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Romans 10:13). We don’t enter Heaven by keeping rules and regulations, by works, or by being “good.” Christians confess the name of Jesus with a true belief in the heart that He is Lord and that He is the only way into eternal life (Romans 10:9).
True Christianity teaches others who need God’s love extended, that Jesus means having a relationship with the Father. It means we get to exchange our brokenness for Christ’s truth; a love, peace, and resurrection life that will knock our socks off with joy in Him. Life doesn’t become perfect because we know God, but we live with an assurance God is perfect. Therefore, if we are saved and born-again, He sees us as perfect (Romans 3:22). We don’t need to live in fear we won’t live up to God’s standards because we won’t and we can’t. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect. This is why we have a Savior; because we need a Lord Who understands, Who helps, and Who shows us God’s true love. True Christianity delivers true love. That means being a witness to God’s character of His Word, and being an example of living how Christ lives, and acting like Christ acts. We accept people where they’re at and love people into wholeness.
We must take the time to sit and listen to and individual’s story, what they’ve been through, and how they got where they are. Through that, we don’t have to love their actions, but we do have to lift up, hold up, and encourage with an open heart that says God loves you right where you’re at, and He’ll help you get where you are destined to be. Everybody has a story. It is imperative we really learn God’s character and be His true love extended, with an open, willing hand, ready to help those who are ready to be helped.